Understanding Today, By Remembering Yesterday [Part I]

  Dear Little Mary, Just a short letter to thank you for the nice Christmas cards which you and your mother sent me, I was quite pleased with them, especially the one you sent with the flower in, it reminds me of the happy days that I have spent where they grow. Well Mary I…

Week 17: Cemetery/52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

Prior to beginning genealogy, cemeteries were not exactly landmarks of interest to me. At all. If you had said to me three years ago that I’d be happily walking through places such as these, in fact making purposeful trips all over the countryside just to visit them, I’d have laughed at you. These days they…

The Wilson Brothers

Fromelles. The name evokes intense sadness for those who are familiar with the major battles involving Australian soldiers during World War I. Noted as the “worst 24 hours in Australian military history” by some, the battle began on the 19th of July, 1916 and was over by the early morning of the 20th of July….

Week 9: Where There’s A Will/52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

My mind goes to instantly finish the saying when I read “Where there’s a will” — but I am not going down that route this week. Well, I am…in a way. I’m interpreting this week’s topic in a dual manner! I instantly thought of the actual will of my 5th great grandfather William Shoveller (paternal…

Week 7: Valentine/52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

Here’s my perfect excuse to write about my Valentine family! The Valentine line is on my Mum’s biological maternal side. My Valentines originate from the UK. Lambeth to be exact. My 5th great grandfather, Richard Valentine, was born in 1806 to parents Richard Valentine and Ann Hill. A poulterer by trade, he married my 5th…

Week 6: Favourite Name/52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

On my paternal grandmother’s side, it is apparent that there were some avid Shakespeare fans…my favourite name that I’ve come across in my research so far has to be Hamlet Horace Horatio Hann. Yep. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I came across his birth record, it is just too awesome. Better yet, he has…

Week 5: In The Census/52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

This small progression of censuses (the 1901 and 1911 UK census) follows the lives of my Bate family, namely the family group of Edward and Elizabeth Bate (nee Hughes), my adoptive great great grandparents. The above 1901 UK census shows Edward Bate as the Head of the household, aged 25 and working as an underground…

My North Coast Road Trip

Two weeks ago I decided to do some research on the road…visit some of the towns in which my ancestors lived. Yes, I did this trip alone, staying in motels, BnBs and with family along the way. There’s something to be said for solo trips! I left a couple of hours after work on Monday,…

Invite to Dinner/52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

Upon seeing the topic for Week 4 of the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge, the first person to pop into my head was the one person I believe I should have met. But fate and circumstance prevented my family from getting the chance, the person being my Mum’s biological mother, Vicki. She is, for…

Sarah Richardson: 52 Ancestors/Week 3

Longevity: Long life/long existence or service. Sarah Richardson is my great great grandmother, on my mother’s adoptive side. She lived until the age of 82. She had a long life, but she didn’t live the longest out of my ancestors; (her daughter Elsie lived into her nineties!) I just feel like it’s Sarah’s turn to…

Favourite Photo – 52 Ancestors/Week 2

Okay so, Week 2’s topic is difficult. Being a wedding and portrait photographer, I find picking a single favourite photo to be INSANELY difficult. Given my aforementioned job, I have a particular love for wedding photos involving my family. It’s from poring over photos of family weddings; my parents, Aunts/Uncles and grandparents  that really made…

Annie Peace (52 Ancestors/Week 1)

I’ve decided to join Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors challenge, which encourages a weekly focus on one ancestor for the next year. We’re given a prompt each week, with Week 1’s being “Start“. I’ve been focusing my research for the last week on my Dad’s paternal side of the family and have selected my Great Great Aunt…